Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stories for Amanda

An anthology collection benefit for the fight against bullying by sixteen of today's bestselling authors in romance and young adult.

Jessica Prince, E.K. Blair, Michelle Valentine, Raine Miller, Madeline Sheehan, Karen Avivi, Kahlen Aymes, Claire Contreras, Kelly Elliot, Kailin Gow, Nina Lane, E.L. Montes, Alexa Navarro, Nikki Worrell, Karina Halle and J.L. Brooks


Amanda was 15yrs old, a 10th grader at CABE Secondary in Coquitlam, BC when she committed suicide. Before her death, she posted a video on YouTube that she made out of flash cards telling us of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted.

Seeing the videos and pictures of Amanda and reading what she went through just ripped my heart to shreds. No one, especially a child, should ever be treated that way. Yes, she made some terrible choices and decisions which some might say lead to certain circumstances but what teenager (and some adults) hasn't done something that they shouldn't have because of personal issues or for being pressured into doing so? That doesn't give anybody...ANYBODY... I don't care who you are or who you think you are, the right to bully someone so evilly and so cruelly that that person's life is total hell and the only way they know how to find peace is by taking their own life.

As I was looking up pictures of Amanda today, I got angry, upset, nauseated and then plain out disgusted by the people who still have hateful and degrading pictures of her up. I just want to yank the pictures out so that they are no longer out there for her family and friends to see. How can people be so cruel? What has the world come to? What can we do as a nation to put a stop to such hate?

Buy purchasing Stories for Amanda, you will be contributing to the amazing foundation that her mother created in honor of her beautiful daughter to help reach out to kids in need, educate them about the harmful effects of bullying and provide resources that can make a real difference.


If you are being bullied or know someone who is, please voice what is going on. Do not keep silent.
Do not become another victim or face on the news.

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All proceeds go to the Amanda Todd Legacy.

Links provided for more information about ATL.


~My story~

My story and brief encounter with bullying/harassment/being picked on for literally no reason what-so-ever is nothing compared to other peoples stories but I remember being scared at one point and it has been something that I still think about to this very day (almost 20 years later).

I remember I was in the 6th grade and during P.E. class I was sitting down on the gym floor along with everyone else, ranging from 6th to 8th graders, waiting for our coach to walk in and to start the day. I was sitting by myself looking around to see if I knew anyone when I saw a group of 8th graders sitting together just laughing and having fun. One of the girls saw me looking at them and decided, for some unknown reason, to start picking on me. They would call me names and would try to scare me during class by playing rough when we did an activity or whatever. All because I looked at their group (pretty stupid and silly huh?) while searching for a familiar face. I told my mom what was going on and she then went to the school and talked with my principal. The next day or the following day, I was called into the office and was told that the students who were giving me a hard time would be be brought in and dealt with and that if any of them ever says or does something to me that was negative, for me to report them immediatley. I never knew what the principal told them but whatever it was, it worked because I was never bothered by them again.

I sometimes wonder back and think 'What if?'. What if I didn't tell my mom what was going on? What if I told my mom and she didn't go up to the school and brought it to their attention? What if my mom did go talk to the principle and she said "We will look into it Mrs. Cantu." but did nothing about the situation? What if there was social media when I was being picked on? Would it have been worse? I believe so.

  I am just glad that I voiced what was going on and that I had people who handled a situation for me that I didn't know how to handle myself.


Amanda Todd

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